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Top Baby Girl Names in the U.S.

Guess the most popular names for baby girls born in the U.S. for each of the last five years.
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(19)
What I find more shocking are the old names coming back. Olivia, Sophia, Emma? Ugh. Grace. Victoria?? Are we in 1912 or 2012? Charlotte? Khloe with a K is kind of sad. The world is becoming rather illiterate but we seem to be naming our kids for the wrong century
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Nov 9, 2012
(67)
lots of old English and old Jewish names are fashionable right now. I guess the parents feel more sophisticated. It allows them to be snobs when the other parents at the PTA meeting say they named their kid "Britney" or "Megan." Sophia sounds more sophisticated.
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Feb 13, 2013
HelenO
(41)
Or it could just be they like the names they choose. Nothing to do with snobbery.
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Nov 8, 2015
(67)
Maybe. I just know several personally who are openly snobs.
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May 10, 2016
(28)
And yet, Lily as a name is centuries old, quite the irony huh?! Better yet, Lily is the short version of Olivia.
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May 20, 2013
Leela77
(26)
Lily was short for Lillian I think, Liv or Livy is short for Olivia but these days anyone can shorten their name to anything. My name is Lee, I get called Leela as I'm female my friends prefer it - so even short names get changed lol.
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May 26, 2013
(50)
I love the name Lily...
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Jun 14, 2014
awesome1
(10)
My name is Lily!!
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Nov 13, 2014
(67)
awesome!!
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May 10, 2016
helen790
(22)
Lily is short for several names. Lilith, Lillian, Olivia.
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May 29, 2016
(50)
These are BEAUTIFUL names. Khloe isn't even on the list. Stop criticizing parents.
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Jun 14, 2014
(50)
What they name their kids is their right to choose and not your right to criticize.
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Jun 14, 2014
(67)
it's on the list now
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May 11, 2015
chareth
(47)
of course there is the right to criticize. There is nothing inherently wrong with choosing a 'unique' or 'unusual' name. But, if you destine your child to spell check their name for the rest of their life because you decided that Phranqlynn was a cool spelling for Franklin, you're a selfish prick. You should not express your individualism through your child's name. that's what disaster face tattoos are for.
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May 11, 2016
(67)
I guess Victoria and Hayley/Hailey have already gone out of fashion?
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May 11, 2015
Quizmaster
The quiz used to list more than the top 15.
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May 11, 2015
(67)
ah..
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May 11, 2015
(22)
Too bad. Didn't see any Sarahs, and that's my name... :*(
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Sep 2, 2015
(66)
Old fashioned names are really rather nice, though if, like me, you've got quite an unusual one, it's slightly annoying when the only people who share your name tend to be about 50 years older. (My name isn't brandybuck96, in case you were wondering.)
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Sep 7, 2015
(59)
Yes, as the bearer of a markedly "old-fashioned" name, it is nice in a good amount of respects; for example, when someone calls your name, you can almost guarantee it's you they're talking to, unlike all the poor Katies. But then, yeah, every person you meet with your name (which, for me, has been a grand total of three, including my namesake!) is 30+ years older, or, if they don't share your name, will ask you if you're familiar with the 1930s musical "(My name)" and then start singing the theme song...
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Sep 21, 2015
girlygirlyasmeen
(24)
i know these names are so old like charlotte and addison
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May 13, 2016
(57)
Quiet, Lily. You had your time in 2011.
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Jun 10, 2016
(67)
It's so silly how names in the US come and go like fashion. When I was a kid there were so many Michelles and Jennifers and now they don't even make the list at all. My sister has two girls. Abigail and Hayley (not Hailey.. maybe you could include that as an alt spelling?)... both unsurprisingly on this list. And a boy Jacob, which is I think the most trendy boys' name right now. People are such sheep...
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Feb 13, 2013
quizzicalgiraffe
(46)
Yeah remember the 80's/ early 90's? Rachel, Crystal, Becky, Stephanie, Ashley...
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May 24, 2013
(53)
Tiffany
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May 18, 2014
(67)
yep, and Kelly, Melissa... I'd do better on one of these tests if it was using 1979 stats.
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May 26, 2014
(50)
One of those is MY name!
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Oct 20, 2014
(53)
My kids are Elizabeth and Nathan. Unremarkable classics commonly spelled. But my husband wouldn't go for Chrysanthemum or Guildford.
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May 18, 2014
gcmt33
(66)
Smart man.
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May 11, 2015
(67)
1st gf narrowly avoided being named Ruby Begonia. She ended up as a Jennifer. Like half the female population of the United States born that year...
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May 10, 2016
(67)
I'm from the era of Vicky, Carol, and Debbie. You don't see those names anymore, either. Today they seem to prefer the longer versions, Victoria and Carolyn, and I suppose Deborah is completely off the charts. I have a friend whose granddaughters are named Melody and Symphony.
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May 26, 2014
(67)
I "knew" a Deborah in Cebu who was only 19. I think she's 20 now.
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May 11, 2015
(67)
Deborah is from the Bible so I suppose it will always be a possibility as some people prefer to use biblical names, but it may be a while before Vicky and Carol come 'round again. I've noticed that the pronunciation has changed for Deborah, though. In my day the accent was on the first syllable which led to the nickname of Debbie or Deb. Nowadays when I do hear the name it has the accent on the second syllable. How was your friend's name pronounced, Kalb?
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May 11, 2015
(67)
I called her Debbie.
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May 11, 2015
(59)
The quotation marks around "knew" are a little suspicious, kalbahamut...
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May 11, 2016
chareth
(47)
being a biblical name, I assume it's "knew" in the biblical sense.
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May 11, 2016
gcmt33
(66)
Born in 1990. It's hard to throw a stone in my age group without hitting a Megan, Sarah, or Lauren.
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May 11, 2015
(69)
And that is why everyone's name is different these days. Parents grew up with 3 other kids in class with their name so they have to massacre spellings of common names just for the sake of being different so that first-world problem doesn't happen to their kids.
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May 20, 2015
yocoy
(58)
For all of the incredulous regarding this generation's names, I wonder what your names are or your daughters' names. I'm quite sure that previous generations said the same thing about them as you're saying now. Also, how childish and rude must you be to criticize someone's name?
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May 20, 2013
CorkSpork
(67)
Clearly you have daughters named Genesis and Serenity
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May 20, 2013
(32)
It's not really the name but more that some parents seem to regard things like Genesis or Serenity as actual names, both of them give a connotation about a person, maybe also some prejudice. We're not in a fantasy universe where names acutally mean something and describe a character (as if you could know them before they're born).
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May 20, 2013
(67)
What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Honestly, a name is whatever you want it to be. Genesis and Serenity sound like fine names to me. I was only chiding people for being unoriginal when they are usually trying to appear to be the opposite.
To yocoy: if I ever have a daughter I'd probably check what the popular names were the previous year and pick something not in the top 50. Whether it was a "real" (i.e. trendy and commonplace) name or something else.
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May 26, 2014
(50)
Yeah. Too bad.
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Jun 14, 2014
Bobcat108
(63)
Serenity is a virtue name & has been used for decades, if not hundreds of years. Yes, it's not one of the more common names, like Faith, Hope, Grace, etc., but it's a "real" name.
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May 11, 2015
mwierenga
(69)
I don't understand why we're so judgmental when it comes to how others name their children. Just seems like an odd thing to have such a strong opinion about.
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May 20, 2013
(50)
Uh-huh. SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, GET A LIFE!!!
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Jun 14, 2014
gavo1794
(39)
She couldn't afford a car so she named her daughter Alexis
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May 20, 2013
(50)
That's funny, but not very nice.
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Oct 20, 2014
(60)
It's a Kanye West lyric.
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May 11, 2015
(68)
I don't have a problem with unusual names so much as ordinary names with unusual or alternate spellings. I really wish every name had just one universal spelling and that's it. Do you know how many times in my life I have been asked "Is that Eric with a 'c' or a 'k'?" I'm so sick of that. And it's only got to be worse for all the Gynnifers and Katelins of the world.
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May 26, 2014
rosen
(17)
I agree. Tricking up a normal name by inventing a weird spelling just seems silly to me. There's a whiff of desperation to be "different" in it that's a bit pathetic.
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May 27, 2014
(61)
Or the people who spell it backwards. Do you know how many kids these days are named Nevaeh, Elcarim, Traeh and Trebor? Name your kid whatever you like but don't get bent out of shape when they decide to go with their middle names instead.
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May 11, 2015
jordan1987
(1)
Ironically, if there was an original spelling, then Eric might be considered the alternative. The name comes from the Norse, EirĂ­kr, and most Scandinavian countries still use the Erik spelling. A lot of the c/k differences come from different languages that use different letters for the same sound, just like they do for ph/f (e.g., Sophia/Sofia both legitimate). It all depends on where they name originated from. For example, Gaelic used a C for the sound, so the name Caitlin (which is Gaelic) technically should be spelled Caitlin. It would be nice if people stuck with the spelling where the name originated, but people want to be "creative", so you get the weird misspellings.
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Sep 15, 2014
(67)
It was only a few generations back when many people were illiterate and just spelled names as they sounded. Those spellings persisted in family names that went through later generations. Besides, who's to say which spelling was original or correct? My parents spelled my first name in such a way that people often mispronounced it. When I started college I capitalized one of the letters to make it easier for people to pronounce. Mom didn't like it, but that is the way I've written it for over 40 years now. (Don't even get me started on the middle name I was "blessed" with. No idea what my father was thinking. But I have to say my name is an original one. Glad my husband started calling me Anders instead. It's a long story how he came up that one but it's an improvement.)
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May 11, 2015
(38)
wow some of these names are crazy....
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May 26, 2014
rosen
(17)
Aubrey is the weirdest to me. I've only heard it as a man's name, and from a few generations back as well. When did it become a girl's name?
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May 26, 2014
(67)
Only Aubrey I know is Aubrey Plaza. She's a marginally famous actress/comedian. Cute.
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May 27, 2014
(56)
There is nothing wrong with Meredith or Jocelyn. :P What about Ricki? Then you have the more gender neutral names like Carey and Lee that have been used by both sexes for years.
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May 20, 2015
(67)
Oh, darn, I deleted my previous comment when I thought I was hitting reply. Anyway, I never said there was anything wrong with the names Meredith and Jocelyn. I like both of them. I was merely pointing out that names often go through changes, and in the case of those two they went from being masculine names in earlier generations to feminine ones now. Avery and Jordan are two more names that were used for boys and now I often see them as girls' names. I'm not criticizing any names at all, (except, perhaps, my own) I'm just discussing how some names change or go out of fashion while others remain classics.
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Nov 6, 2015
(39)
Got five!
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May 27, 2014
(50)
And for all the people complaining about these names-- At least they weren't named Lobelia(Sackville-Baggins)!
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Jun 14, 2014
(53)
Can I ask that you accept "Abby" for Abigail? The other girls' names quiz accepts it, so I just assumed it wasn't on the list when it didn't take it.
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May 11, 2015
Quizmaster
Okay
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May 11, 2015
MetopeTriglyph
(56)
Not a single name beginning with k. Unexpected. I would have said that k-names were becoming a trend.
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May 11, 2015
Bobcat108
(63)
K-names are actually falling down the charts now...they were more popular back in the '90s.
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Jul 7, 2015
(72)
I did guess "Elisabeth" !
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May 13, 2015
HelenO
(41)
Quite a few names used today were originally boys' names - Shirley being one. The Beckhams' daughter is Harper Seven, which is very strange. I like the name Mia but this is what Mia Farrow was called by her family, as she couldn't pronounce her real name, Maria, so it became Mia. Now, over the years, it's become fairly commonly-used.
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May 29, 2015
Boog
(1)
What about Layla
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Oct 14, 2015
(65)
I knew a Layla once. She got me on my knees.
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May 10, 2016
(17)
100% people are so predictable these days Pretty names though
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Dec 21, 2015
(68)
On the contrary, people are far less predictable today than past years, at least when it comes to naming their children. In 1950, only 5% of parents strayed out of the Top 1,000 names when naming their child. In 2012, 27% of parents went weird and left the Top 1,000. The top 10 names used to command a huge percentage of all births, but it is much lower today as people go for "unique". If it hasn't been posted yet, the Baby Voyager site is really interesting. http://www.babynamewizard.com/voyager#prefix=&sw=both&exact=false
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Jun 17, 2016
ShadowFox
(7)
I got all 22 but I'm surprised to see that names like Brooklyn and even Sarah aren't on there...
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Dec 26, 2015
AwesomeFinn
(2)
I know a girl who's name is Trinity-Amethyst Krystal. Names like Trinity are becoming more popular. Make a more unusual names quiz, it'd be cool. Also, I was cursed with the name Sophie at birth. Luckily, having gender identity disorder, I go by Finnlay.
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Feb 18, 2016
(7)
Harper? What kind of name is that!
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Mar 9, 2016
(68)
Ever heard of Harper Lee?
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Jun 17, 2016
(66)
Nice lack of gender stereotyping in the photo... if the baby really is a girl, good on the parents on dressing her up in blue!
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May 10, 2016
(57)
It looks mostly white with patterns.
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May 16, 2016
(67)
I was surprised that Nevaeh didn't make the list - so many people in my area are naming their daughters that now - it is heaven spelled backwards. I hope that doesn't become a trend. I can just picture names such as Elcarim, Legna, etc.
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May 11, 2016
(46)
That's just as weird as naming kids after fruit and such which celebs love to do.
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May 26, 2016
Freestatebear
(68)
A handful I never would have gotten, since I think of them as male names - either usually, or at least interchangeably. Examples of 'male' names on the list include Aubrey (maybe folks are confusing it with Audrey?), Avery, and of course Addison and Madison (which mean 'son of Adam' and 'son of Matthew' respectively).
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Jun 23, 2016
Findlay
(65)
Aubrey is definitely a male name. If you're giving it to a girl, you're basically just misspelling Audrey. Frankly, I'm not sure why anyone would do that - Audrey is a much more euphonious name.
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Sep 11, 2016
Jayjaysciz
(26)
I think names are a funny thing. Especially how Tv/social media influences our life. I was born in the 70s One tine a lady told me in a hospital what year i was born by the spelling of my name because there was a popular tv character that year or two that spelled it that way. She told me, everyone she had ever seen with that name and that spelling was around the same age due to the tv show. This included the women's own daughter. I think we hear a name on tv or see it in a magazine and think how great the name is, not realizing millions of other people are thinking the same thing. I have an Emily, never realizing it would be so popular. Had no clue. However if i would have had her 10 12 years before I probably would have name her Alexis or Paradise, so Im grateful for my maturity.
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Sep 22, 2016
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